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| I loved LU - it provided me with a great knowledge base. Because its a small school its more generalized (i.e. there's only a Biology major, not Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Microbiology majors, etc.), but professors are more than accomodating for student interests. I took many independent studies about topics of my choice and learned a lot. You might not learn some specific facts, but Lawrence certainly teaches you how to think through problems and process information. |
Professors are generally easy to get a hold of and talk to - at Lawrence you're on a first-name basis with your professors, which is a far cry from bigger state schools. I was definitely challenged in coursework, and my freshmen year had a steep learning curve! It's expensive but you get your money's worth.
As far as the social life goes, for me it was perfect. There were generally parties every weekend at one of the small group houses or frats, and some on the weekdays. Otherwise campus is pretty chill. There's usually something going on, whether it's a club activity, musical performance, trivia in the VR (Viking Room, the on-campus bar).My only issue was with how campus took care of the small group houses - some of them are falling apart. This is a shame, because a lot of the community feel for me came from these houses, not from the dorms.
|Jan 25 2013|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| As a professional college counselor I have visited over 200 college campuses. Lawrence is one of those truly excellent liberal arts colleges that flies under the radar - making it possible to get in without being able to walk on water. Pick up Lawrence and Appleton and put them in upstate New York or in New England, and this place would be impossible to into. Kids work hard, but have fun. Graduate programs really value the experience. If you want a Bowdoin/Middlebury experience but might not get in, think about Lawrence |
| Starting Job: Assistant Dir. of Admissions, Preparedness: A+, Reputation: B |
|May 25 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I'll be a senior at LU next year, and I'm terribly sad to only have a year left. It took me over a year to develop the skills I needed to fully succeed here, but once I did, I haven't been disappointed. Lawrence is not a place for slackers. I learned that the hard way my freshman year. But I quickly moved from overwhelmed guppie to big fish, simply by realizing what I was passionate about and utilizing the resources I had to get to that cherished "big fish" status. My greatest advice for LU students is not to shy away from the faculty. Their sheer brilliance intimidated me for a while, but I finally overcame it, and-goodness-I'm glad I did. I never dreamed I'd find so many fabulous professors who I would be able to really connect with on a personal level. There really is something for everyone at Lawrence, academically and socially. My first two years I shied away from the party scene, and was able to still find things to do socially, from movies in the campus center cinema to phenomenal conservatory concerts, performances at Appleton's PAC, local bands performing at the many coffee shops down College Ave, etc. After turning 21, I jumped more into the "party scene," though of my own choosing. I was never pressured to drink. Having the Viking Room (the bar on campus) really fosters community within the upper classes and the faculty, who regularly bring their kids for Happy Hour on Fridays. The Appleton night life might not be what you'd see in a major city, but students seem content with it--and costs are much cheaper than you'd see anywhere else, which is great on a college student budget. Overall, I just love LU and will never regret my decision to turn down a number of elite universities to come here. I've never walked across campus without saying hello to at least one person--typically many, many more--and that never fails to make me consider just how lucky I am to go to this place. |
|Jul 20 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |